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Friday, September 20, 2013

LANSING — Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) said that Michigan’s rising unemployment rate demonstrates that the massive corporate tax breaks created by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans are failing Michiganders and must be repealed. In 2011, shortly after taking control of the Legislature and governor’s office, Republicans instituted a $1.8 billion tax break for major corporations, which they promised would stimulate job growth in the state. The tax breaks were paid for by increasing...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

“I am outraged that the Senate Republicans continued to play politics today with the lives of 400,000 Michiganders who currently have no insurance. Their irresponsible actions to appease extremists by denying immediate effect on HB 4714 may also cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds. I will work hard on both passage in the House and securing immediate effect.”

Friday, August 9, 2013

“It’s clear this incident is a breach of the public’s trust even though no charges will be filed. Recruiting a straw candidate to manufacture a one-sided race is not what state representatives, let alone the speaker of the House, are elected to do. As legislators, we must be held to a higher standard. It’s terrible that some elected officials choose to act this way, putting their careers ahead of the people that put them in...

Friday, August 2, 2013

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) announced today that the Michigan House Democrats have formed a task force that will promote small businesses and focus on job creation. The task force is a response to Michigan Republicans’ increasing support of big corporations without increasing employment rates in the state.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Michigan’s economy and the pride and joy of local communities. It’s a shame that Republicans continue to...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

“I am glad to see House Bill 4714 to expand Medicaid to include more than 400,000 working Michiganders voted out of the Senate Government Operations Committee. I am hopeful that Senate members will keep the momentum going and act quickly to send this bill back to the House. While this Senate version is far from perfect, it is a good start and there is a much better option for Michigan workers and families than the...

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